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Laguna hosts MTRCB’s “Matalinong Panonood” forum

Provincial Information Office

November 23, 2018

 

   Sta. Cruz  - The provincial government of Laguna under Governor Ramil Hernandez hosted delegates from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) who conducted the “Para sa Matalino at Responsableng Panonood ng Pamilyang Pilipino” forum at the Laguna University (LU), this municipality.

   The provincial government wasted no time to gather 200 college students and faculty members to help the MTRCB promote its advocacy of advancing public awareness and critical viewership among the Filipino youth.

   Both students and teachers were oriented on the rating board’s roles and functions in ensuring shows and programs aired on television and those shown in theaters are classified and rated meticulously.

   Former MTRCB chairperson and now board member Ma. Consoliza “Marissa” Laguardia led the symposium together with fellow board members that included businessman Pablo “Bogie” Reyes and indie filmmaker Raymond Aquino.

   Laguardia stressed the importance of classifying the material shown on television for the protection of each family member most especially children.

   “The classification ratings include General Patronage (G) for shows that are suitable for all ages, wholesome and can be aired anytime; Parental Guidance (PG) for material that may be permissible for children to watch but only under the guidance and supervision of a parent or adult; and Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) for contents of more serious topic and theme, which may not be advisable for children to watch except under the very vigilant guidance and presence of a parent or an adult,” Laguardia explained. Meanwhile, Reyes explained additional ratings used for films exhibited in movie houses and theaters.

   “A General Audience “G” classification advises parents or supervising adults that the film is suitable for all audiences; Parental Guidance (“PG”) means the film may contain elements whose treatment is suitable for children below 13 years of age; a Restricted-13 (R-13) advises parents, supervising adults, or the would-be viewers themselves, that the film may not be suitable for children below 13 years of age; a Restricted-16 (R-16) advises the film may not be suitable for children below 16 years of age; a Restricted-18 (R-18) advises viewers, parents, and supervising adults that the film may not be suitable for children below 18 years of age,” Reyes clarified.

    Aquino, for his part, talked about the agency’s review process and monitoring guidelines.

    Aquino emphasized the critical role of parents in monitoring what their children watch on TV and theaters.

   He also encouraged the participants to report movie houses that violate the policy on R-rated films.

   In the open forum, participants raised questions ranging from how the board reprimands celebrities according to their actions and misdemeanors while on air, the penalties slapped on erring TV shows and stations, the board’s plans to make stakeholders cooperative and compliant, and even the job qualifications for one to be considered a member of the board.

   Professor Emelyn Napiza, LU Board of Regents member and president of the faculty and staff association, rallied participants to be active partners in advancing media literacy and audience sensitivity especially among sectors more vulnerable to mass media. MTRCB chairperson Maria Rachel Arenas delivered the welcome remarks via video message. Arenas talked about the goals of the agency as well as its mandate.

   The MTRCB was created in 1985 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1986 and exercises regulatory powers including the classification and review of television programs, movies and home videos.

(Article by George Salvo, photos by Angel Bert Sapungan – PIO Laguna)